What a semester! So much content and so many interesting discussions that have taken place in the classroom, on Twitter and over the comment section on blogs. It is hard to analyze the whole semester, so instead I have broken it down into the parts I found most meaningful and have decided to reflect upon those one at a time.
My favorite part of IS6621 were the class presentations. I learned so much from both graduate and undergraduate students about everything from how social media works in Cuba to making money off of Instagrams of dogs to mental health awareness in Canada. It was a great opportunity to share my own knowledge and experience on weddings as well as learn what others are passionate about and have come to care about on their own.
In the beginning of the semester, I would stress out about what to write about for my Tuesday blogposts and worry that I would run out of topics. As the semester went on, however, I realized that topics would come to me as I was inspired by different things I read about or saw. I was excited to write about the Boston Marathon after watching it in person allowed me to put more into my writing than if I had just searched generic topics on the internet. I also feel I learned how to add substance to my writing by incorporating scholarly articles and research into my posts. Blogging is something I hope I will be able to do again in my future – whether it is working for myself or writing on behalf of my future employer.
I have always had a small social media presence but only for social purposes on Instagram and Facebook. This class really pushed me to incorporate social media for an academic purpose into my everyday life. It has made me realize that I actually do enjoy following news stories and being aware of what is going on in the world around me. I promised myself at the beginning of business school that I would read a newspaper every day. That has not exactly panned out as I had hoped and was not the most realistic goal. With this class, however, I have learned that getting daily news can be easier and faster by using Twitter and following reliable news sources. I feel that I have had a lot more to add to conversations with friends and family member and am much more informed than I was back in January prior to using the hashtag #IS6621 daily to share findings on Twitter.
I often find myself sitting in lectures during business school and thinking, “Will this really even be a relevant technology or topic in five years?” Professor Kane has changed my rather pessimistic outlook on the utility of my degree by placing such a strong emphasis on how it is now in our hands to keep what we know relevant and make sure that we are in the know of technologies so that we do not become obsolete ourselves. I have realized that continuing my education and keeping myself informed of different trends in marketing and in social media will be imperative to making sure I am as successful and marketable as possible in the future.
It has been such a pleasure discussing, tweeting, listening and presenting to the class this semester. Thank you for great feedback and unique insight. Best of luck to all of the graduating seniors and graduate students! I hope to see you all back on social media in some capacity or another in the future.